Purple Power Play Pyrotechnics

I just got home from the second night of Purple Power Play on Poyntz.  I’d say that the town is pretty fired up for football season! (Pardon the pun.) The first home game is tomorrow. Everyone is rooting for the Wildcats!

People Watching at Purple Power Play on Poyntz

Every year on the Thursday and Friday nights before the first home K-State football game, Purple Power Play on Poyntz puts on a pep rally. The city closes off several blocks of Poyntz Avenue – the main street through downtown – for vendors to set up booths and people to mill around. The marching band, cheerleaders, football team and coaches turn out.  Here are a few photos from this year’s Thursday night portion. On Friday night, after all the other festivities are over, they set off fireworks. It is a popular event with an estimated 20,000 people attending over the two-day period.

What I Had Missed

I took the pictures below at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville, NY. (In the second photo, note the size of the person on the right side of the entrance to the cave.) This beautifully scenic attraction is just about 10 miles from where I spent the summers of my youth and I only recently visited it for the first time. It makes me wonder what else I might have missed and, of course, what am I should really get out to see near where I live now. Next post … back to Kansas!

Look at the View!

My mother lives in a beautiful location in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The gorgeous scenery prompts her to exclaim, “look at the view!” whenever she has company – something we in the family love to tease her about. During a recent visit, I took these photos from her beach. Indeed, it is a lovely view … in any direction, any time of the day.

Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

This dish is probably my favorite way to enjoy fresh tomatoes in the summer. It is delicious and easy to make. The key is to have very ripe tomatoes.

Ingredients (measurements approximate)

2 servings of pasta

3 c. diced raw tomatoes at room temperature

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

8 fresh basil leaves, shredded, plus extras for garnish

1 T. fresh thyme leaves

sea salt, to taste

crushed red pepper flakes, optional

several dashes balsamic vinegar

1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese

While pasta is cooking, combine tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, thyme, sea salt and red pepper flakes. When pasta is done, drain and divide between two bowls. Top with raw tomato sauce. Dress with balsamic vinegar. Top with Parmesan cheese, garnish with basil leaves, and serve right away.

Thank You Flowers

Recently several people have kindly nominated A Taste of Morning for awards. In thanks, here are some pictures that I have recently taken of wildflowers out on the Konza Prairie. I thought this would be a fun way to acknowledge those readers who have shown such warm support! Thank you to Diana Staresinic-Deane for the Reader Appreciation Award, to  Share Chair for the Beautiful Blogger Award, to Letizia from Reading Interrupted for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award nominations.* You should check out these blogs. Diana writes about Kansas, Share Chair about technology (especially iPad and iPhone), and Letizia about reading, writing, and related topics.

Here are a few blogs that I really enjoy following and that I would like to nominate for an award. I think that all of them deserve a Reader Appreciation Award; and some are inspiring, some are beautiful; some are both! (I’ll let them decide which should they choose to accept.) The people behind these all bring enthusiasm, effort, and a special perspective to their work.

Roho Ya Chui for photography insights that inspire me to think

Neely Wang  for beautiful photography of a wide variety of subjects

Words & Images for beautiful photography of a wide variety of subjects

SKEdazzles for beautiful photography and travel inspiration

Retiree Diary for beautiful photography and travel inspiration

Doli Siregar for beautiful adventure photography

Cumin Seeds for colorful, mostly gluten-free, recipes featuring wonderful spices

Boy Drinks World for tips on cocktail-making

Bebe’s Kitchen for interesting recipes and food photography

Beyond the Green Door for a fun mix of recipes, gardening, and decorating ideas

Becca’s Green Kitchen for delicious vegetarian recipes

Pearls & Prose for garden and travel photography

A Word in Your Ear for colorful travel photography

Goss Coaching for positive and inspiring perspectives

Crazy Train To Tinky Town for interesting stories
Some random facts:

I am a “mostly vegetarian”.

The first cookbook that I ever bought was James Beard’s Theory & Practice of Good Cooking (1977). I still own it.

I have really enjoyed watching the Olympics over the past two weeks.

The last book that I read was Sea Change by Karen White.

I just started reading The French Gardener by Sara Montefiore.

I had a great great grandfather who was French.

One of my goals for the next year is to travel to some beautiful place that I have never been before.

* Rules …

Reader Appreciation Award: Post link to the person who nominated you; include a picture of the award on your blog; nominate some other bloggers for the award; tell 7 things about yourself.

Beautiful Blogger Award: Post link to the person who nominated you; include a picture of the award on your blog; nominate 15 other bloggers for the award; tell 7 things about yourself.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award: Post link to the person who nominated you; include a picture of the award on your blog; nominate 7 other bloggers for the award; tell 7 things about yourself.

On a personal note …

Having accepted blogger awards several times now – each time quite happily and feeling flattered – I feel that it would be selfish of me to continue to do so. Hence, I humbly request that if you enjoy A Taste of Morning, that you simply send me a note letting me know. I hope that this does not sound presumptuous or offend anyone. Thank you kindly to all of you who have shown your support!